Thursday, September 30, 2021

Happy - Texas A&M University Libraries

Here's a fun video created by the Texas A&M University Libraries ahead of their open house.*  Thanks to WHSLA member Karen Hanus for finding this!

*You're probably a librarian and will notice the date on the video indicates it was filmed in the Before Times (2014).  Don't be alarmed that no one is wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Free geriatric and palliative care resources for clinicians: Geriatric Fast Facts, Fast Facts and Concepts (Palliative Care)

I was reminded recently of two resources that have come in handy when doing literature searches on geriatric topics. These resources, freely available online, are especially useful tools for clinicians who might not specialize in geriatrics or trainees. 

If you do searches on older adults, or even serve older adults in your health setting, I recommend bookmarking these sites and keeping them in your lit search/reference toolbox. 

Geriatric Fast Facts

  • "Geriatric Fast Facts are accessible, concise, and clinically actionable 1-2 page reports on Geriatric topics applicable across medical specialties. Fast Facts are interdisciplinary, spanning the progression of medical education." 
  • Sort by body system, ACGME area, or topic
  • Freely available; Created from a partnership of Medical College of Wisconsin, Advocate Aurora Health Care, Department of Veterans Affairs, Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center
Screenshot of Geriatric Fast Facts

Fast Facts and Concepts (Palliative Care)

  • "Fast Facts provide concise, practical, peer-reviewed and evidence-based summaries on key palliative care topics important to clinicians and trainees caring for patients facing serious illness."
  • Over 400 searchable topics
  • Freely available from the Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin
Screenshot of Fast Facts and Concepts

October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)

October is almost here, and that means it's time for National Medical Librarians Month!  

Check out the promotional materials from the Medical Library Association and be sure to spread the word about how awesome you are!

Friday, September 24, 2021

National Library of Medicine titles included in international film festival

The weekend of September 24-26, the Wellcome Trust presented the Healthy Scepticism Film Festival.  This free virtual event featured a competition of ten short films, films produced by the Healthy Scepticism Project, and several historical films (many of which are held by the National Library of Medicine and can still be viewed in their archives).

Thanks to WHSLA member Mini Prasad for telling us about this Circulating Now blog post!

Monday, September 20, 2021

How do vaccines work?

Want a simple explanation of what vaccines do inside your body to protect you from serious illness?  Then check out this adorable short animation by Ask Ken Tay.

Coronavirus comics from University of Nebraska: meet Graffiti Mouse, Cat, and Professor Gray

Recently I ran across a post from McGoogan Health Science Library on a Coronavirus comics exhibit at their library. Happily I discovered access to these comics isn't limited as all are online, including a comic on C'rona from an indigenous perspective. 

More on the online exhibit from the McGoogan News blog... 

"In collaboration with virologists and artists, three comic stories about COVID-19 were developed during the pandemic and posted online during the last half of 2020. The fictional narratives address fundamental issues in biology, virology and network science in order to help readers understand the complexities of living through a viral pandemic.

The stories focus on three themes: the biology and social context of the COVID-19 virus; the relationship of wild animals, particularly bats, to the pandemic; and the impact of the pandemic on Tribal communities. The stories are posted online and are published by the University of Nebraska Press as the book “C’RONA Pandemic Comics,” which includes essays for youth about the virus and the pandemic.

“Tribal” features the story of Susan LaFlesche Picotte, MD, who also is featured in an exhibit in the Wigton Heritage Center."


Saturday, September 18, 2021

Ovid Open Day - September 2021

Wolters-Kluwer / Lippincott / Ovid recently hosted an Open Ovid Webinar Day on September 9, 2021, featuring several speakers presenting compelling topics.

It was recorded as a continuous Zoom Meeting (minus breaks), so you can skip ahead to the sections you want to watch.  I've included the respective time signatures below.

Link to the Recording





Getting Real about Inclusion in Libraries

1:02 - 56 min.

Shannon Jones

MLS, M. Ed, AHIP (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers) Director of Libraries & Professor Medical University of South Carolina

Cultivating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace is all about intentionality. This presentation will explore what inclusion looks like in library environments and the actions it takes to make the process successful. As library workers, it is our collective responsibility to cultivate and sustain environments where individuals feel welcomed, safe, valued, seen, heard, and included regardless of the identities they hold. It's time for us to get real about being inclusive.


Break: 11:00 AM - 11:05 AM


Ned Potter, Academic Librarian and Trainer


Presentations, Digital Posters and Video Guides: PowerPoint is your secret weapon

57 min - 1 hour 41 min.

Academic Liaison Librarian and a Trainer who has run workshops in four continents. He is a specialist in PowerPoint and his own presentations have been seen over 2.5 million times online. His book, The Library Marketing Toolkit was published in 2012, and he can be found online at


Ovid Platform Update:
Learn about new and upcoming features and updates to the Ovid platform

1 :42 - 2 :22

Malka Hirsch
and Glenn McAlpine



Dr. Kathy Miller, JCO (Journal of Clinical Oncology) Senior Deputy Editor

Ballve-Lantero Professor IUSCCC Associate Director for Clinical Research

The Critical Link - how peer reviewed publications impact research, patient care, and policy

2:23 - 2:59


Ovid Present and Future

2:59 - end

Vikram Savkar

Vice President & General Manager, Medicine Segment Health Learning, Research & Practice Wolters Kluwer


Closing Remarks & Survey: 2:00 PM



Wolters Kluwer

When you have to be right

Friday, September 17, 2021

Newly Revised MedlinePlus Tutorial for Librarians and Health Educators Now Available


The MedlinePlus Tutorial for Librarians and Health Educators explains how to locate information on 

  • health conditions
  • drugs
  • supplements
  • genetics
  • and medical tests at MedlinePlus

Educators can now deepen their knowledge of the selection criteria and sources of MedlinePlus through hands-on exercises and knowledge checks. 

Designed to take about an hour to complete, this narrated tutorial also highlights additional tools and the authoritative sources from which MedlinePlus draws its health information.

The tutorial is worth one hour of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association (MLA) and qualifies for MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Level 1.  Register and access this free online tutorial here

Reprinted from The Region 6 Weekly Digest of the National Network of Medical Libraries.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

U.S. Museums Showcasing the History of Medicine

This short blog post is based on an article from the Washington Post. 

Here we list 8 US museums showcasing the history of medicine. Have you visited any of them? 

  1. International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago
  2. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, Md.
  3. Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Keedysville, Md.
  4. Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum, Washington, D.C.
  5. National Museum of Health and Medicine, Silver Spring, Md.
  6. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans
  7. Glore Psychiatric Museum, St. Joseph, Mo.
  8. The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Philadelphia
Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

NLM's Historians

How history plays a role in NLM's strategic plan: Jeffrey S. Reznick and Kenneth M. Koyle are Supervisory historians on the federal staff of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where they serve, respectively, as Chief and Deputy Chief of the NLM History of Medicine Division. They completed this article as part of their official duties, with support from NLM. 

Read the original article.

Contributors to Circulating Now—the popular NLM History of Medicine Division blog—who, collectively, have shared the myriad ways NLM historical collections and programs have informed research, teaching, and public service. Photo National Library of Medicine.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

How to Protect Yourself in an Infodemic


The World Health Organization (WHO)  on How to Protect Yourself in an Infodemic (2 min.)

Sharing unverified information during the COVID-19 pandemic can be dangerous, unhealthy, and make our life more confusing. UNESCO and the World Health Organization are calling out this Infodemic and calling on you to be on the frontline for truth. It’s easy. Watch the video for the simple actions we can all take on how to identify false information, verify trusted sources, and help ourselves and loved ones to stay safe. WHO recommends:
1) Look for facts and evidence
2) Choose carefully
3) Be cautious
4) Be a good example
5) Spend less time online